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Update GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist Kit

GSI Pinnacle Soloist

GSI Pinnacle Soloist in action in the Black Creek Wilderness

I have used the GSI Pinnacle Soloist Complete System while backpacking in Alabama and Mississippi over the past couple of months, and it has performed admirably.  The system excels at boiling water efficiently, is easy to use, and cleanly fits together in a single clean system.  Read on for my full update.

Yamacraw 50K Race Report Preview

Swag

Yamacraw Finisher’s Medal

In the heart of the Kentucky’s Big South Fork Recreational Area lies a trail race named Yamacraw 50K.  2017 was the 3rd year running and my first attempt at an ultra marathon.   33 miles through some of the most beautiful terrain central Kentucky has to offer.

Read the recap and my journey to ultra marathoner here.

Trap Pond Marathon Race Report

Trap Pond Marathon

Trap Pond Marathon Finisher Medal

The Trap Pond Half Marathon, Marathon and 50k in Laurel, Delaware is an old school trail race.  No big sponsor arches, or even awards for the top finishers, max of 100 runners total, a cool medal and the chance to run laps around the namesake Trap Pond at the Trap Pond State Park.  I am in the process of running 50 marathon in 50 states before I turn 50, and I had to be in DC for work, and this race was the weekend before I needed to be in the Nation’s Capital.  Read my full report here.

Update – Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pants

Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pant

Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pants – Courtesy of MK Website

I have put over 60 miles hiking, backpacking, and trekking around the south on the Mountain Khakis Cruiser Pants and they have performed admirably.  They are super comfortable, durable and look great in the outdoors and social situations.  Read on for my full update!

GCI Pico Arm Chair

Review by Arnie P

GCI Pico Chair

The GCI Pico Arm Chair was provided for review purposes.

GCI Pico Arm Chair

Beep beep, I see a brown UPS truck, I rush out the side door, intercept the driver on the side stairs, we exchange greetings, he hands me the package and I return inside. Glancing out the window, I see the UPS truck is not there.

After opening the ends of the cardboard box I push the contents out. This package is wrapped with the instructions printed cardboard sleeve with a plastic handle. The sleeve slides off with ease revealing the carrying case with an adjustable shoulder strap. After opening the 2 side brackets the chair slides out with ease. I glance at the construction, pleased with the sturdy look of the legs and frame of the chair. I have never forgotten the chair that collapsed on me years ago. Holding the chair with the feet down I place my foot on both feet of the chair and pull up to extend the legs. I rotate the armrest per the picture on the box. In seconds the chair is ready to sit. Well, almost all the time. I find using the least amount of force works the best.  To read more please click here.

Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Deluxe Pillow – Initial thoughts

Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow

Sea to Summit Aeros Ultralight Deluxe Pillow – Inflated

I love camping in all of its forms – backpacking, car camping, cabins – you name it I like being in the wilderness. However, as I have gotten older I find that I want thicker sleeping bags, and more cushy confines, but the one thing I have not been able to find yet is a good backpacking pillow.  Sea to Summit thinks they have solved this dilemma with the Aeros Ultralight Delux Pillow.  I have the good fortune of reviewing the pillow over the next few months.  Read on for my initial thoughts.